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Cracking Open a Pecan

This fall, I taught a student forum through the American Studies department called “Critical Perspectives on Texas.” Historically Texas has served as a site of settler colonialism, racial domination, strict reification of gender roles and repressive sexuality, and economic importance with its oil and agricultural industries.

To name a few topics, the class examined: Texas’s modern-day electoral politics in sociohistorical context; intersectional feminist border studies and the Drug War; health care disparities, race, and climate change in Houston; gentrification and segregation in Austin; the legacy of plantation slavery in the influential Texas prison system; cowboy culture and the myth of the frontier; and indigenous resistance to the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

I grew up in Austin, Texas, and as an American Studies major, a growing activist, and someone who has become obsessed with regionalism since coming to Wesleyan, teaching this forum was a way for me to better understand my home and to help other students learn about the state through a critical lens. I wrote this piece, “Cracking Open a Pecan,” as a final project for our last day of class:

ENG 420: Practicum in Digital Journalism

methodSophia Jennings ’16 writes in:

Come hear about student forum ENG420: DIGITAL JOURNALISM, a semester-long course where we will focus on producing online content and developing our portfolio. This writing-intensive seminar will introduce students to a variety of forms, from the interview, to the profile, to data-based storytelling. We will be skyping with numerous alumni in the industry, and your work will have the opportunity to be published online via Method Magazine. Multi-media projects will be highly encouraged.

Sophia Jennings ’16 and Ben Romero ’16 will be leading the student forum.

Date: Monday, January 25
Time: 7-8PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 113

Student Forum Info Session – Super Science!

super scienceFrom Jordan Fragen ’16:

Look! It’s a bird… It’s a plane… No, it’s the info session for SISP 420!

If you’re interested in learning all about the scientific, historic and cultural influences that shaped the superhero genre, then you’re in luck! Consider taking Super Science! the full credit student forum being taught by Jordan Fragen ’16.

The first class will be taking place on Monday January 25th at 11am in PAC 104. If you are interested in the class, please fill out this survey. There are still spaces available, but they’re filling up quickly!

Note: This is the planned meeting time for the class. If you cannot make this meeting but are interested in the class, please email jfragen[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Monday, January 25
Time: 11 AM – 12:20 PM
Place: PAC 104

Farm Forum Interest Meeting

long lane farm forum kids frolickingFrom Hilary Brumberg ’17:

Farm Forum aims to connect the Wesleyan community with the food we eat through education about sustainable agriculture.

Participants will learn growing practices through hands-on work on Long Lane Organic Farm, as well as gain a firm practical and theoretical grounding for further work in or involving agriculture. Topics in this semester’s forum include farm organization, the anatomy of plants, local Connecticut climate and geography, biodynamics, economic and social roles of farms on college campuses, food policy and justice, poultry husbandry, and permaculture. Look forward to getting dirty, fresh air, interesting discussions, wholesome food, and field trips!

If you are interested in taking Farm Forum this semester, or you just want to know more about this student forum, come to info session, where we will discuss the goals and logistics of the forum. Come with questions, snacks will be provided!

If you can’t make it to the info session but would still like to learn more about the forum please email us at hbrumberg[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and bwdaley[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

The student forum is a full credit, and will meet for 3 hours a week at a time TBD.

Date: Tuesday, January 26
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: UOC (190 High Street)

Student Forum Info Session: So, Is the Cat Dead or Alive?

cat in a boxFrom Helena Awad ’16:

Need half a credit but want to take a ~fun~ and ~easy~ class? Consider taking “So, is the cat dead or alive?”: 200-Level Physics for Non-NSM Students!! This course is a student forum co-taught by Will Jasmine ‘16 and Helena Awad ’16. The course will cover various physics/biophysics topics that aren’t taught in an intro-level class (such as quantum mechanics, energy transfer, molecular dynamics simulations, etc). Absolutely no familiarity with physics required! Commitment: 1.25 hours of class time per week.

There will be an INTEREST MEETING on TUESDAY, JANUARY 26th from 8-9 PM in 41 WYLLYS, ROOM 112. Note: the class might not meet at this time weekly– we’ll decide on a time at the meeting. If you’re interested in the forum but can’t make the meeting, please email hawad[at]wesleyan[dot]edu or wjasmine[at]wesleyan[dot]edu and we’ll try to make something work!

Date: Tuesday, January 26
Time: 8-9 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 112

Student Forum Info Session: Mass Incarceration in the U.S.

Liza Bayless ’16 writes in:

Interested in the criminal justice system and the issue of mass incarceration in the United States? Looking for an outlet to discuss these things with fellow Wes students while receiving a full (pass/fail) course credit?

Emily Greenspan ’16 and Liza Bayless ’16 will be leading a student forum for the spring semester about the prison system and its repercussions in American society, based on our experiences working with Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education. As a class, we will examine books, articles, documentaries, and pop culture to better understand the implications of mass incarceration in this country. It will be highly collaborative, with a variety of guest speakers offering different perspectives on the justice system, and the chance to connect with incarcerated individuals from two prisons in the area.

If you are interested or just unsure about your class schedule and want to give it a try, come by for our info session/first class THIS SUNDAY (Jan. 24th). Feel free to email Emily (egreenspan[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) or Liza (lbayless[at]wesleyan[dot]edu) to let us know you’re interested or with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Date: Sunday, January 24
Time: 7-9:50 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys, Room 114

Student Forum: Marine Biology

finding nemoFrom Abby Meyer ’16:

The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and contains 97% of the planet’s water, yet more than 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored. If this intrigues you, come learn about the 5% we do know about and watch lots of critter videos like this:

Come to our information meeting at 7pm Wednesday September 9th in Exley 121 to find out more about this full credit class!

Date: Wednesday, September 9 — tonight!!
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: Exley 121

Environmental Literature Student Forum Interest Meeting

The amazing Rachel Earnhardt ’17 invites you to an interest meeting for her student forum class:

In this student forum, we begin by exploring the canon of American environmental literature and discussing key elements of ecocriticism. We will then dive into contemporary topics/mediums like environmental journalism, writing about climate change, urban nature journaling, environmental justice literature and many more. Through a variety of writing exercises, we will work to shape our voices as we are part of the next generation of environmental communicators. In addition, there are some v exciting guest speakers lined up to complement the course material! This is a 1.0 credit (pass/fail) course.

If you need more incentive, there will be DESSERT at the meeting (and probably several classes too).
***If you can’t come to the interest meeting or can’t wait until tomorrow, please email me and I can send you a copy of the syllabus!***

Date: Tuesday, September 8th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Place: Allbritton 311

Farm Forum Interest Meeting

An invitation from an amazing farm educator, chicken tender, and (former?) Orientation Intern, Irma Mazariego ’16:

If you are interested in taking the farm forum this semester, come to the interest meeting on September 9 at 7pm in the University Organizing Center (190 High St, “UOC”)!!
We will be talking about what the farm forum is, what we will be doing this semester, and giving information on how to take the forum!
Snacks will be provided. I repeat. Snacks will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, September 9th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Place: University Organizing Center, 190 High St.

Student Forum Interest Meeting: Language of the Contemporary Music Industry

Ron Jacobs ’16 writes in:

Hey there! If you’re still looking for another class, come down to 41 Wyllys Ave. this Tuesday night (September 8th) at 7PM to learn about MUSC 419 – Language of the Contemporary Music Industry. There will be pizza!

In the first half of the semester, we will be dedicated to applying a critical lens on the various positions in the music industry. In the latter half of the semester, you will be able to apply your cumulated knowledge, experiences, and new ideas in practical roles for the final project.

List of confirmed guest speakers:
Pete Ganbarg ’88 – Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records
Eric Herman ’04 – President of Modiba Productions
Peter Nashel ’88 – Composer, Producer, and Co-Founder of Duotone Audio Group
Mike Errico – Singer-Songwriter, Recording Artist, Writer, Professor at NYU Clive Davis’ School of Music
Edward Grauer ’88 – Cash Money Records Attorney
Carl Sturken ’78 – Co-Founder of SRP Records, Songwriter, A&R, and Record Producer
John Hartmann – veteran music agent, personal manager, and record executive responsible for career direction for Sonny & Cher, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, the Eagles, Peter, Paul & Mary, Elvis Presley, and many others.

Guest Speakers TBD:
Luke Wood ’91 – President of Beats By Dre
Ismael “Izzy” Coleman ’15 – President and Co-Founder at VIBES Creative Media
David Stouck ’15 – Manager of Digital Compliance and Revenue Assurance at Warner Music Group

Class is P/F class for 1.0 credit on Tuesday nights from 7-9PM.

Date: Tuesday, September 8th
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Place: 41 Wyllys, room 110